Posts Tagged ‘CD’


40 years ago tonight my bro, Charlie, & I had our first band club gig together.  He was already a young veteran, having drummed in 1 (or 2?) other bands in Newport, RI.  I flew to Newport after recruiting him and we drove back to California ready to rock.  This was after Doug Duncan & I had started to work as a duo at the Old Port Inn in Avila Beach (following my first California job there filleting fish in the fish market and then bartending when the bar was built, thank you Barry Cohen).  Our PA was Doug’s guitar amp and, of course, the “I can’t hear your voice” saga began. It almost didn’t matter then.  I was in heaven.

Doug & I had tried to rehearse in his place but because the presence of others in the house was too intimidating for me, we hiked into a canyon in San Luis Obispo to the geodesic dome and learned our first song, “Stairway to Heaven.” And so my journey/ascent began.

But I digress. The BAND was always my heart & soul.  The energy, the synergy, the chemistry of guitar, bass, keys, drums, horns, vocals, whatever combination, some better than others but always bringing the power of more than 1.

Since releasing my CD, Peace of My Heart, last year, my goal has been to bring that dynamic to life again.  But as most of my musician network is in Los Angeles, what’s a gal to do in Florida? Well, it seems the time has come to go it alone for the first time and for the moment.  This anniversary week brought some big suggestions & powerful encouragement from friends & strangers. So I’m shopping for a PA system right now, deciding on the tracks, working up the set lists… getting ready for the Me, Myself & I band.  The new adventure begins!

Happy 40th!!!

Peace out.


2012 was a year of a whole lotta “Really,” “Oh man,” “WTF!” and always “Thank you, God.”  Or perhaps better known to my psyche as, “Well, f**k me and the horse I rode in on.” My friends who find me to be a bit Pollyanna may be shocked that I’m actually writing this, but my year was as challenging emotionally, spiritually & physically as any I can remember.

But I made it through and so I must testify. Have I grown?  “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” certainly resonates. I know I have a biological gift… more serotonin production than most even on a difficult day.  And of course my regular skate-dancing is responsible for more endorphins than any other exercise regimen I’ve ever experienced.  So once again and every day I’m grateful.

I finished & released my very first solo CD, “Peace of My Heart,” which brought me the kind of professional satisfaction/happiness that’s almost indescribable.  I spent weeks in my hometown, Newport, RI with my Shves and was a musician again.  I finally saw my Cali bro & nephews for the first time in over 2 years.  After 4 fab Gsons our first beautiful granddaughter was born this year. In a Los Angeles 30 year reunion I partied like it was 1999 with the Red Onion gang & my gorgeous niece. The gifts & blessings were joyous.  The trials & tribulations were monumental.  Gospel music became a powerful source of inspiration, comfort & soul soothing in my skate-dancing.  The first half of the year Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile” was my anthem (the links are to YouTube) and Paul Porter’s “I Made It Through” was my celebratory chant in the second half.  I’m not a Christian although I’m guessing had I lived back in the day & place, Jesus surely would have been my rabbi.  Whatever you call God… He, She, Lord, Allah… and this will not be a dissertation on my beliefs… the passion, vibrancy, power & joy of gospel music is undeniable.  And I was lifted & expressing gratitude daily.

My family & friends have been challenged in profound ways this past year.  But we’re strong stock and most of us made it through. I Thank You, God.

My dad, Robbie Robin, might’ve said, “It’s gonna be keen in 2013” or maybe serene.  I hope & pray for those things & more for us all.  And I wish you a very happy, healthy freakin’ new year!  With all my love ~

Caryn

Peace out.


Big week coming up… Simon Cowell’s new X Factor auditions in Miami. Registration on Wednesday and hopefully audition Thursday. I say hopefully because not everyone who registers and spends 2 days at the facility gets to audition. Understandable after hearing that 15,000 showed up in Los Angeles. I actually submitted a 1 minute video to a local television station here to try to win a “Front of the Line Pass.” The winners were spared the registration day and would be among the first to audition on Thursday. I did not win. Damn. Thousands of people… I watch it on Idol and sitting in the comfort of my bedroom, I think it’s a phenomenal process but not one I look forward to participating in. But, as my niece said, “It’s just 2 days out of your whole life.” It might even be fun. I’m not trying to convince myself, really. I think it’ll be an amazing, colossal experience, operative word being “colossal.” So please let my temperamental voice and questionable nerves be on my side on Thursday.

I also learned last week that America’s Got Talent is accepting video auditions till April 10th, and unlike X Factor’s a cappella one verse/chorus, their submissions can be 2-3 minutes with music so perhaps I’ll have a better shot. Oh, if I only had a band!

So I’m going for it all. Of course with my CD almost ready to be released, ANY air time would be incredible, so with this synchronicity it kinda feels like SOMETHING is supposed to be. But whatever happens will be fine. I do know more energy from you all can only help and I thank you in advance. Please wish me luck, say a prayer, send good vibes, whatever your preference, and I promise I’ll do my best.

And thank you all so much for the encouragement and support over the years. I’ve been blessed with more performance work and opportunities than most and I’m completely grateful for everything. As an entertainer I know I’ll see many more smiles, finger poppin’ and dancing feet when the gigs start ’cause the tracks are smokin’! Can’t wait for you to hear! See you soon.

Love & kisses & hugs,

Caryn

You Got It

Posted: December 30, 2010 in Life, Music Biz
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I got it. We got it. It’s the name of the last tune for the CD. We wrote it. I just heard the pre-mix before the final mix today. I love it. I’m deliriously ecstatic. I wanna put exclamation points after all these little sentences but I’m restraining myself. But why should I do that?! I listened 30 times today! It was more glorious & gorgeous each time! I will really have a CD in hand very soon! OMG! Talk about a happy new year! Happy New Year, everybody!


Coincidences in my life? I think not. Specifically, my CD will finally be finished within the month, and the synchronicity of very recently reconnecting with so many wonderful musicians, friends, family, artists and very special coworkers from the past on Facebook is no accident or coincidence. As my husband would say, they’re clearly Godincidences. I’m so ready to share my music with the world, and to be able to start with my own beautiful & expanded network first is so extraordinarily perfect. But perhaps it’s not quite so extraordinary and rather simply how it’s supposed to unfold. The making of the CD has taken a year longer than we’d hoped. But apparently God had a different and more effective timeline, albeit admittedly not always effortless for me to accept. However, it seems if you do the work everyday, accept the time frame and then let God do the rest, it’ll be exactly what it’s intended to be.